The twice-weekly Scandinavian Airlines flights between London’s Stansted airport and Luleå in northern Sweden will operate on Mondays and Fridays from 18 December 2020 through to 15 March 2021. According to Visit Lapland, the direct flights are predicted to make the journey 18% - 20% more carbon-efficient, helping to reduce the impact of travel to the region. In addition, Luleå Airport was one of the first net zero airports in Europe for carbon emissions.
Luleå is the capital of Norrbotten, and it's a laid-back university town and an important high-tech centre. It offers a wide range of activities, where visitors can hunt for Northern Lights from a hot air balloon, join a hovercraft tour to the Luleå Archipelago, drive a snowmobile and even join in with some ice yoga.
It is also home to the cool Treehotel, where guests can stay in seven different treehouses, and it is perfectly placed for those who wish to explore the attractions of the surrounding areas. These include the recently-opened Artic Bath hotel near the small village of Harads and the ever-popular Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi.
“This is fantastic news for those travelling who will now be able to enjoy even more time on the ground to enjoy and experience all this spectacular region of Northern Europe has to offer," says co-founder of VisitLapland.com, Mark Hayward. "With an active city, stunning wilderness activities, culture and heritage, as well as great transport links to other regions of Lapland, Luleå is a perfect destination for visitors to experience the Lapland region."
To find out more about Luleå and book local activities and guides, please check out Visit Lapland.